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  1. You mean they upgraded to what could be classed as an 'MRL' ? - Missed out on these for sure On reflection tho', if it's not a 1:1 TRL, then I can understand why they didn't do well.
  2. Mainly for the older members, 😀 Do the Cartels still issue TRL's
  3. Been off site for a few years - had a quick nosey at some trader sites - A7750's for over $500 Back in the day you'd buy/expect a swiss for that. - Good to see still being marketed as 'Best copy/version/1:1copy' etc. Still using my Rolex Submariner 2846 swiss I got off Tribal here in Feb 09- Provided faultless service ever since and patina bracelet scuff marks, making it look better. Still got the original case 196, 2005 edition (tho' needs bit of keywork or new mvt) Been looking at B. Bentley's for a few years, I'll decide someday. Anyway hi, to all old & new members - All watches still being issued with TRL's I imagine ? J
  4. Hi guys, The hour hand on my Pam 196 is loose, just needs resetting on the spindle. Can I do this myself, i.e remove caseback and take movement out to push hand down ? If so can you advise how the movement comes out of the watch ? - not done this on this watch and don't want to undo something thats gonna go ping and fly under the sofa... Is this an easy thing to do or should I take it to a watchsmith - i.e what screws etc I need to undo to remove crowns etc, cheers
  5. Years ago to get anywhere near a decent looking 1:1 there was no choice - you had to mod. A lot of members learnt this hobby and as proven on here there have been some absolute outstanding examples of watches built - all makes. OTB items now are indeed very wearable, I myself have watches from RWG back from 2004/05 which are now deemed as 'classic' reps lol - but my daily wearer for the last 2 years or so has in actual fact been a GMT II whs but I love it - looks exact how I want it too. Fact is there have been thousands of members come and go, ask a few questions, purchase a watch and never seen again - it's only a very small % who go on to modify the watches further. It is a hobby for sure - and one that over the years I've been proud to be have been a part of. Very helpful members on here and lots of knowledge. Now then theat reminds me... I must get the 196 fixed..
  6. The rep world has moved on a lot in the last few years with some of the new outta box items being very good - many years ago it was more of a hunt to get that item and as we always see on this board are references to the 05' this and 06' that - just for a bit of fun - lets see your old reps from pre end of 06' so the newer members can see the stuff no longer available that has long since passed into the halls of time. Still on my wrist today, is the legendary 05' 196 - enjoy The old school 05' SMP 2824 The early stages of the 'Noobmariner' < early 06'
  7. < avatar is as is cos i spend all my life runnning around with a big fat pam on my wrist ( those that know the cartoons of Billywhiz )
  8. Thx for sharing those pics chronoluvvv Bottom pic does look good. Looks like an early christmas present to ones self coming my way
  9. Think I gonna get me one of these. Only tried the Gen on, I know I'm going to be upset by the qual of rep glass but hopefully if I talk nicely to chief - I'll be happy. Anyone have a good pic of the 6.75 with the rep bracelet - is the rep bracelet at least 90% in terms of weight ? Like my heavy watches. Thx all
  10. Finally, got it back again, huge props to Coolfire for the mvt and Dizzy for the bracelet My 'Old case' 196 early 05' daylight This was my daily beater for ages but then due to a crapped cannion pin it became a paperweight for over 18 months, nothing came close to the weight and feel and I was proper upset. I was about to give up hope of ever getting it working again. But thanks to you guys it's back where it belongs, on my wrist and with my local watchmaker ( who specialises in 7750 mvts and his princley fee of
  11. I do a thousand things lol - depends what day, music production ( club house, old 90's rave ) photographic prints, ( all and everything ) club doorman ( naah mate, you can't come in ) , project manager ( FTSE 100 company ), car tester ( nice R8 the other week ) + other stuff to keep me busy Lots of fingers in lots of pies - only way to be, network yourself in case one of them goes pop and your in the poop $$ wise. Wanted to be a bikini designer.... sigh, oh well maybe one day
  12. brillant watch & yay go me > made it as 80,000 replies on the rolex sub forum - woop woop
  13. I think we all need to sit wider on the box here - It must be stated, well it was touched on earlier that these watches are being made in sub standard conditions by people earning a pitance - factorys being highly protected by people that you would not want to meet down a dark alley. the pure fact that todays rep watches have got to the standard they are shows testement and respect to those that work so hard. the very fact that for every 1 lost 'western' customer of reps there are a que of 100+ lining up ready to pay out the $$$ only pushes this market along including the price hikes> that fact will never go away. As one of the more famous cartel dealers once said "buy a knock off watch from the internet and what can you expect" I for one would certainly not like to be a dealer > they don't all ride around in ferraris and drink starbucks and coffee stations > what these guys are doing is extremly illegal - if and when caught can expect to be dealt with very nasty and would be lucky to remain with their balls in place... credit to them and for what they do for us in rep buying land Fact is very simple > buy a rep, it's always going to be a rep, quality issues on par with a big fat 0 - buy a gen and you can run through the meadows singing sweet songs flicking your hair. think of rep, think of franken > only way to go. afternoon all
  14. Regular LV would work...... eeerrrmm bits blocked out as thread open
  15. Concepta, my heart goes out to you and your family during this hard time. Peace be with you and may I offer the following. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush Of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I do not die.
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